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Post  Magic 3/28/2013, 2:09 am

I plan on starting this as soon as I get up and moving around today.

This will not be a very quick or easy project.

Making a sidewalk behind the house 3ft wide and about 30ft long.

I picked up some stones that I will also lay in to give it some style (quartzite and flagstone)


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I got it all ready to start yesterday and right now I only have 6 1/2 bags of the 80lb version of high-strength concrete and adding some rocks and gravel from around the property.

Probably will take a month to do this wtf horsey


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Post  cravnravn 3/28/2013, 2:27 am

I should give you the recipe to make your own concrete, those 80lb bags dont go very far.

We'll have to get you a portable mixer, all the concrete you have been using.
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Post  Administrator 3/28/2013, 8:43 am

Magic is gonna create an imbalance in the earth's rotation and axis because of all the tons of concrete he has concentrated in one place.


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You must spread that concrete out over a greater land mass, or we're all doomed!!!
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Post  Magic 3/29/2013, 1:32 pm


Ah it would just be more work if I used an electric mixer and even more if I had to buy sand and gravel!

Hey Mighty I used some program once to show what was on the exact opposite of the Earth from my place and it was in the middle of the ocean so it will take me a while to mix enough concrete to weigh more that that........then that ocean would just fall to the lower side of the planet again lol

Ok here is day one after mixing up the 6.5 bags of concrete and adding 3 stones and all the rest.......since the bird feeder is above this part they left me some bird tracks in the concrete too smile

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Now I am trying to get the wife in the car so we can take the long drive and pick up 6 more 80lb bags of extra strength ready mix and I still have 3 stones so I can wait until the next trip.



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Post  Magic 4/1/2013, 7:46 pm

Took today off after mixing up another 6 of those 80lb bags of ready mix and adding a couple more stones.

Might go for a drive and pick up another 6 tomorrow and get ready for day 3 of this project.

Looks like it is almost 1/3 of the way....almost......24-30 more 80lb'ers


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Post  cravnravn 4/2/2013, 2:39 am

Are the black/dark gray pcs slate?
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Post  BlueShoes1 4/2/2013, 3:33 am

Hope you're making sure that concrete is sloped away from the foundation. wtf
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Post  Magic 4/2/2013, 2:53 pm



The darker stone is flagstone and the other is quartzite

And yeah it is sloped away from the house and has a slight angle on the outside edge.

Under the weather today so I spent most of he day so far in bed wtf



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Post  Magic 4/23/2013, 8:19 pm

{I had to switch chairs just now)


Well just my luck it was sunny and 60 BUT a north wind from Canada that made it fucking cold and my back is stiff as a brick and hurts right now (I will visit my vicodins in a few minutes)

So I drove the Jaguar to the local building supply place and since the trunk is not very big I had them cut me 12 five footers of rebar and brought em home.

Then figured out what I could find here to use as a form to make a half-circle or concrete sticking out from the sidewalk to give it some more style and I will see how a small table will sit there (I had some extra pieces of that metal roofing from last summers project so that will make the half-circle form)

Dug out the extra dirt and rocks in that spot........by then my back was stiff and on vicodin #2

I could tell I wasn't going to do any concrete mixing today (so all 800lbs is still in the Chrysler's trunk and it looks like a Mexi-lowrider)

So I decided to just go find 5 buckets full of rock (5 gallon bucket) out in the creek since that is the best place here and hauled that over to the project and that was enough to have it ready to do about 6 feet of sidewalk and that half-circle .....maybe tomorrow if the weather is ok.

After that is done (I hope the 10 bags of 80lb concrete will do that part) and then there is about 10 more feet to finish this off king

The main thing is it will still be about HALF as much concrete to do this that the 110 sixty lb bags that I used to make that concrete flower box back in 2009 cowboy

I didn't show this picture from the last day I mixed up some concrete before we had cold-ass rain and wind for a week.



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Post  Magic 4/25/2013, 1:55 am



Today I reminded myself that mixing up 800lbs of concrete and all that goes with my typical day is not as easy as it used to be.

In fact it reminded me that I have not mixed up that much in one day since 2009

(I ran out so I need to go pick up another load)

Of course by one day I mean 4 and a half hours or so.

I better go haul some more rock because 800lbs of concrete does not get me very far on this project.

.....goodnight wtf


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Post  cravnravn 4/25/2013, 3:54 am

Nope, premix concrete doesnt go far at all, 1 bag gives you 3ft x 3 ft, 2 inches deep..an entire cube (42 bags) doesnt get you 1 yard of concrete.

Hence why I told you to get 1/2 ton of sand 1/4 ton of pea gravel and a couple bags of straight portland, and make it yourself.
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Post  Magic 4/25/2013, 1:55 pm


This is what I use http://reviews.homedepot.com/1999/202660567/80-lb-high-strength-concrete-mix-reviews/reviews.htm

$3.75 each and the way I am doing this is 4in thick so it is a 3ft X 2Ft X 4" for every 4 bags (80lbs) and try to add as much of the nice creek rocks and pour the concrete on top.

Cheapest and easiest way since it would be another major job shoveling sand on gravel from a couple piles somewhere in the yard and having to try to mix it to make it as nice as this concrete I use now.

I guess the reason these bags weigh 20 more lbs is the extra portland and the rocks are free and they take up lots of space without adding that to the mix.

And the way I mix is also easier than using one of those electric mixers since I never have to shovel any of this into a mixer and then pour it into a bucket to get it over to the site where I do these projects and there is no room for wheel contraptions lol

So I fill my roller and roll it right to the spot and dump it out and go back over to where the hose is and do it again.

Takes about 1 minute to roll it to a spot with a perfect mix and when I am done I don't have to get the sand and gravel off the lawn before I have to mow again.

I would be over at Home Depot right now picking up 8 more in my car (uses less gas than my truck) but the broad here likes to bitch and complain from the second I get up until she goes to sleep.....and never says one nice thing about all the work I do here.


I prefer silence wtf


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Post  Magic 4/27/2013, 6:01 pm


I think I will take a few days of.......after yesterday I feel like laying in bed watching tv.

Here is the section I did yesterday where I added this part that is attached to the sidewalk and made the forms out of stuff I have laying around here......along with those 6 stones and the one blue flagstone was a big heavy piece compared to those quartzite pieces.

Only about 10 more feet to go.....



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Post  Magic 6/6/2013, 2:55 pm

Ok I finished it (sort of) 3 weeks ago and I know you just are dying to see the pics so here ya go lol



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Still thinking of adding a row of bricks or stones on the front edge just to make it wider (and stop even more weeds from giving me more work here)

Ah FUCK ....a big ass racoon just showed up on a sunny day and scared the ducks........off to scare the shit outta him now.


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Post  cravnravn 6/7/2013, 1:35 am

Raccoon during day light hours = bad news, rabid, hope you showed him the Eagle
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Post  Magic 6/7/2013, 3:40 am


Well I grabbed Betsy the pistol grip 12 gauge on my way out and the bastard ran off to the creek where I have that lil water fall and started running upstream and the grass is about 4ft tall on both sides so I couldn't see it so I just fired a shot to see if that would scare him next door to the hippy pig farm lol



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